|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||From £19,688 full coverage of tuition fees (Home and Overseas/International;) and a tax-free stipend, per year, for the duration of three years.|
|Placed On:||25th November 2022|
|Closes:||25th February 2023|
Project Title: Computational multiphysics modelling of structural batteries
Applications are invited for a funded PhD studentship in the Department of Engineering at City, University of London. Open to both national and international applicants, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on the development of computational models for failure analysis of multifunctional structural batteries. These multifunctional composites double up as a battery in addition to the traditional load-bearing functionality, opening up a range of applications from electric cars to mobile electronics whereby size and weight are important considerations. However, one of the major hurdles in their adoption is the poor understanding of their failure mechanisms especially under the multiphysical loading conditions (mechanical + electrochemical) that has a direct impact on safety.
The proposed PhD research deals with developing numerical tools to analyse the deformation behaviour of such structures under multiphysical loading environment. The research approach would involve utilizing multiphysics mathematical framework to determine the stress evolution in such structural batteries. The resulting deliverable will be a computational tool that is capable of capturing the deformation and damage behaviour of such structures, ultimately aiming to enhance safety.
The candidate should have an upper second-class BEng/MEng (or equivalent, or higher) degree in aeronautics/aerospace engineering, or mechanical engineering. The candidate should possess a good understanding of composite materials, fracture or damage mechanics and computational/finite element (FE) modelling. Applicants with strong academic credentials in the above areas or research papers in peer-reviewed journals/conferences) may be accorded preference.
Any prior experience in the following areas is advantageous, but not a pre-requisite: constitutive damage or fracture models using FE user subroutines (e.g. UEL/UMAT in Abaqus or similar), multiphysics and multiscale modelling and composite micromechanics.
The studentship is for 3 years and will provide full coverage of tuition fees (Home and Overseas/International;) and a tax-free stipend of £19,688 per year for the duration of three years.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for this ‘Modelling for failure analysis’ PhD studentship, you are encouraged to email informal enquiries with a CV to Dr Sathiskumar Anusuya Ponnusami (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Use the link below to proceed with the application: https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/courses/research/mechanical-engineering-and-aeronautics#accordion496148-header5
To apply online, an applicant will need to submit the following supporting documents:
A research proposal is NOT required to be uploaded in the online application; rather you can use the short research description in this advert to complete the research proposal section.
The successful candidate will formally start their doctoral study in February 2023. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
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